Beaverdam Veterans Memorial to be Dedicated Saturday

   The Beaverdam Veterans Committee has been working for over two and a half years on a Veterans Memorial for Beaverdam, a village of 300-plus citizens in Allen County, Ohio.  It’s purpose is to honor all United States Veterans, past and present.  The newly installed seven foot tall black granite memorial is located in front of the new town hall on Beaverdam’s Main Street. 
   It has been a long process for the veterans committee, attending council meetings, getting bids and contracts, and making several trips to other veteran memorials for ideas.  They have held several fund raisers including selling chicken dinners, raffling off a rifle, holding a Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure (GOBA) snack stop in Beaverdam, holding a cash raffle and selling brick pavers around the monument to honor veterans.
   There will be a dedication ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 11 a.m. (the day after Veterans Day).  Speakers at the ceremony will include, Robert “Bob” Klostermeier, U.S. Navy veteran and Past Commander of the Ohio American Legion; Dan Kirkpatrick, U.S. Air Force retired and current Mayor of Fairborn, Ohio; and Roberta Beemer, Mayor of Beaverdam.  The American Legion in Bluffton will be helping with the ceremonies, as well as the Bluffton Boy Scouts and the Beaverdam 4-H Bunch.  WWII, Korean, and all other veterans are to be honored.
   A lunch will follow the dedication.
   Committee members include Bill McClain, Jim McClain, Bill Van Dyke, Tom Green and Gary Crawfis.